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Curry County

Curry County is named for George Law Curry, who was a governor of the Oregon Territory.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Coos County and Douglas County

E – Josephine County

S – Del Norte County, California

W – Pacific Ocean


Created:  December 18, 1855                Map of Oregon highlighting Curry County

County Seat: 

Port Orford                          1855 – 1859

Ellensburg ( Gold Beach )  1859 – 1977

Gold Beach                         1877 – present


County Courthouse – Gold Beach


Location:  29821 Ellensburg Avenue / Moore Street

Built:  1956 – 1958

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Claud N Freeman and Raymond O Marks of Portland

Contractor:  Harold H Grappe


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the city center of Gold Beach.The northwest front of the rectangular has a projecting center section with entrance on the first story and glass panels above. The roof line is flat. An addition was constructed on the west side in 1978.


History:  The county was created in 1855 and the first county seat was Port Orford. The first meeting of the commissioners was held in the home of Fred Smith in 1856. A house was rented from John Parish in 1857. The county seat was moved to Gold Beach in 1859 and in 1860, a building was rented from Simon Rothenheim in Ellensburg. The first courthouse was designed by W S Winsor and John Gauntlett and built by J B Wilson and J L Lake in 1873. The building was sold, moved across the street and destroyed by fire in 1920. The second courthouse was built by Frank Bauer and George Stafford in 1912 at a cost of $5,266. The thirtd and present courthouse was constructed in 1956 to 1958 at a cost of $315,660.



County Courthouse – Gold Beach













Photos taken 2015